Special Issue "Fungal-Insect Interactions"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luis V. Lopez-Llorca

Multidisciplinary Institute for Environmental Studies/Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, Apdo. 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Interests: biocontrol; nematophagous fungi; entomopathogenic fungi; chitosan; plant pathology; endophytes; fungal "omics"
Guest Editor
Dr. Federico Lopez-Moya

Multidisciplinary Institute for Environmental Studies/Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, Apdo. 99, E-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Interests: biocontrol; nematophagous fungi; entomopathogenic fungi; chitosan; plant pathology; endophytes; fungal "omics"

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interactions between fungi and insects are universal in nature. While fungal–insect symbiosis, which can benefit both fungus and insects greatly, there are approximately 1000 fungi from different phyla that are known to infect and kill insects. Fungal pathogens can modify insect behavior to their benefit. In turn, insects can modify their behavior to prevent or minimize fungal infections. These aspects of fungal pathogen evolution and host adaptation, and the underlying molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity (receptors, adhesives, enzymes, secondary metabolites, effectors) and immunity (melanisation) have advanced due to comparative functional genomics studies on fungi and insects. Fungal pathogens of insects are used for sustainable management of pests in agriculture, but can also control insect vectors of animal and human pathogens. Therefore, the advancement of our knowledge of infection and defense in fungus–insect interactions will help us to advance the development of this system for efficient biocontrol and cell factory source of useful bioactive compounds.

The Special Issue will cover all aspects of fungal–insect interactions. Topics include, but are not limited to, biology, physiology, genetics and -omics of entomopathogenic fungi, fungal–insect symbiosis, fungal infection and pathogenesis in insects, insect immunity to fungal infection, as well as insect biocontrol with fungi. Authors can submit basic (laboratory), as well as applied (field), studies. Both reviews and original research articles discussing recent progresses and advances in the field are welcome.

Sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Luis V. Lopez-Llorca
Dr. Federico Lopez-Moya
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Fungi is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • fungal–insect interactions
  • fungal pathogenesis
  • insects immunity to fungal infections
  • entomopathogenic fungi
  • fungal biocontrol

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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